While “Joe” (as in, The Plumber) was a frequently-used word during last night’s debate, “cool” is a frequently-used word in post-debate news headlines (h/t/ Eric Boehlert), employed by at least the following newspapers to describe Obama’s debate performance.

“Aggressive Underdog vs. Cool Counterpuncher,” Washington Post

“McCain Brings Heat, Obama Stays Mr. Cool,” Chicago Sun-Times

“Debate Sees An Aggressive McCain and a Cool Obama,” The Hill

“A fiesty McCain, a cool Obama, and appeals to ‘Joes’ everywhere,” Christian Science Monitor

“McCain seemed energized; Obama kept cool,” Denver Post

“Cool” or “too cool”?

“Analysis: McCain Intense, Obama Maybe Too Cool,”Boston Globe

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.